by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 01, 2013
Why Here?
Along with New York City's myriad cosmopolitan hotels, restaurants, arts and attractions, the Empire State offers white-sand beaches in Long Island, mountain retreats in the Catskills and Adirondacks, and historic upstate cities like Buffalo and the state capital, Albany.

Market Crawl 
Chelsea Market is a bustling, cavernous indoor market and downtown landmark featuring food specialty shops, "pop-up" shops by up-and-coming designers and live performances.

Grand Century
Grand Central Station, the Big Apple's iconic train hub, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Great White Way
A former Native American trail, Broadway is home to more than 80 theaters, about half of them designated "Off-Broadway" (those with seating for 95-499 people).
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New York City
The 127-year-old Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4 following repairs made in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which blew through New York City last October.

The 253-room Andaz Wall Street has unveiled a rebuilt 7,000-square-foot meeting space on the concourse level, following repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The 1,781-room Sheraton New York Times Square has completed a $20 million revamp of its 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The work marks the final phase of an overall $180 million top-to-bottom renovation.
Convene, which operates three conference centers in the Big Apple, will build a fourth facility on Park Avenue near Grand Central Station. The center will include approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting space and will open by the end of this year.  

The new 185-room Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South marks the brand's debut in the city. Offerings include complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast, a restaurant, a café and a 250-square-foot meeting room.

The 618-room Affinia Manhattan, adjacent to Madison Square Garden and Pennsylvania Station, has completed the final phase of an expansive two-year renovation. The project covered all guest rooms, meeting space (of which the property has a total of 10,000 square feet) and the lobby.

The 774-room Westin New York Grand Central has unveiled the 2,800-square-foot Madison Ball­room. The addition gives the hotel a total of 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The InterContinental Hotels Group will open the second New York City entry in its new midpriced Even Hotels brand in 2015. The 25-story, 150-room property will display the Even emphasis on healthful eating and exercise (by way of a state-of-the-art gym) and meeting space (details to come). It will join the brand's 230-room flagship location, set to open near Grand Central Station, also in 2015.

The Court­yard New York Man­hattan/Herald Square has debuted in the former Atlantic Bank of New York building. The 167-room hotel features an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, a fitness center, free Wi-Fi and 500 square feet of meeting space. Next up for the brand, the 378-room Courtyard New York Manhattan/Central Park will open by year's end and include seven meeting rooms; it will share the same building as the new 261-room Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park, slated to open this fall.

The first in the Starwood Capital Group's new luxury Baccarat brand, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York will open in 2014. Features will include 114 guest rooms, a spa, an indoor pool, a fitness facility and a stand-alone "crystal bar" surrounded by an outdoor terrace.

In Midtown, The New York Palace, originally the Henry Villard Mansion and later a Helmsley property, is undergoing a $140 million renovation. Included in the project are all 909 guest rooms, public areas and 17 meeting rooms.

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will complete a renovation this fall, with the installation of the second largest green roof in the United States.

Meeting Hotels
Major meeting properties include the 1,981-room New York Hilton-Midtown, 1,946-room New York Marriott Marquis, 1,781-room Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, 1,311-room Grand Hyatt New York, 1,235-room Waldorf Astoria, 1,015-room Roosevelt Hotel and 863-room Westin New York at Times Square.

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Convention Center
Jacob K. Javits Con­vention Center; exhibit space, 840,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 102; (212) 216-2000;

Airport Transit
John F. Kennedy International Airport, 15 miles from Midtown. Transfer cost by taxi to midtown Manhattan, $52.50 plus tolls

LaGuardia Airport, about eight miles from Midtown. Transfer cost by taxi to midtown Manhattan, $29-$37 plus tolls

Room tax, 5.875% plus $3.50 per room, per night; sales tax, 8.875%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.75% plus $3.50 per room, per night

Group Venues
Host an Octoberfest-style event in the rooftop beer garden/restaurant Birreria at Eataly, the city's Italian-centric food and goods emporium. The facility hosts groups of up to 150. The menu features dozens of brews, as well as Italian dishes with German and Austrian influences. (212) 937-8910;

In SoHo, Costata ("ribeye" in Italian) is celebrity chef Michael White's newest Manhattan eatery, serving dry-aged meats as well as homemade pastas. A third-floor private dining room can host up to 60 for elegant meals and special events. (212) 334-3320;

NYC & Com­pany, (212) 484-1200;